Terminator Salvation

Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin

Directed by McG

He’s back.  Nope not Arnold Schwarzenegger.  John Connor is back as the human races only chance of defeating the machines.  This is the fourth installment of the Sci-Fi series about an apocalyptic world, only this time it’s different. This chapter is a post-apocalyptic where Skynet and the terminators are the superior race.

The movie starts off in the year of 2003 with the meeting of a pivotal character, a man by the name of Marcus Wright, a man who is being sentenced to death.  He then donates his body to science.  After that we fast-forward to the present day world of 2018, and John Connor and his troops are storming one of Skynet’s laboratories.  John Connor obtains information that may be able to help defeat the machines.

Meanwhile, Marcus Wright wakes up, unaware of how he is alive.  The film then turns on focusing on John Connor to the story of Marcus. This mysterious stranger and John Connor were destined to meet each other and when they do, John Connor must figure out who he is and if he is part of the future his mother warned him about.  Not only does John Connor have to deal with Marcus, but he must make certain Kyle Reese (a more crucial character than Marcus) does not change the past.

The movie is non-stop action with special effects as the glue that holds it together.  The films directing direction and cinematographer’s view of the future is what makes the special effects so efficient. Also the special effects are the product of the crewmembers putting an effort into the vision of the film.

Although the special effects are tremendous, the script does not deliver in character progression.  Christian Bale does not need to prove why he is one of the most prestigious actors today; but he does. Bale shines as John Connor even though the dialogue is very slim. The biggest and most pleasant surprise of the movie was Sam Worthington who played Marcus Wright.  Sam Worthington, an Australian actor, held his own in every scene with Bale, and seems to have a bright future in the US.  Anton Yelchin (Alpha Dog) did a nice job playing Kyle Reese, a young man who tries to act like more of a leader than he is.

The movie did a descent job transitioning from the predecessors to the post-apocalyptic.  The non-stop action makes the movie fun to watch, but the movie does not show us what it feels like to live in this post-apocalyptic world in between the action.  For action movie fans, you will not be disappointed in the action; for everyone else, it is an equal entertaining futuristic thriller.

Rating 3.25 out of 5